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February 2017
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Ottawa Humane Society

May 21, 2017: A Momentous Day for Animals

elephant In May 2017, Uniondale, a small suburb of New York City, will host the final chapter of nearly 150 years of animal exploitation and cruelty — the last performance of Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus.

When it announced in 2015 it was phasing out elephants in its performances, Ringling Bros. cited "a mood shift among our consumers." Read more on the OHS blog.

February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month


OHS Officer Saves Racoon From Plummeting Onto the Ice Covered Rideau River

When a Good Samaritan spotted a racoon that appeared to be stuck in the middle of the St. Patrick Bridge on a cold and windy January morning, she knew to call the OHS for help.

An OHS Rescue and Investigation Service officer found a healthy but shivering raccoon clutching the bridge’s railing with his front paws and balancing his hind legs on a tiny ledge.

raccoon on bridge
Cold and in distress, the raccoon was unable to make it off the bridge on his own.

The officer knew that attempting to pull him off the ledge with a catch pole might mean that the racoon would fall 50 feet to the ice covered Rideau River below, causing serious injuries and possibly death.

First the officer attempted to lure him of the railing with some food. When that didn't work, she slowly and carefully used a pole to coax the raccoon to crawl to the edge of the bridge.

After 25 minutes the raccoon had made it safely off the bridge and quickly ran up a nearby tree.

OHS agents are busy year-round rescuing injured, sick and distressed wildlife. If you see an animal in distress, call the OHS emergency line at 613-725-1532. 

Buddy & Belle: Bosco


Surrendered to the Ottawa Humane Society due to medical problems, it was evident Bosco was in pain when he arrived in our veterinary clinic. Read his story and learn how you can help him heal.

Come to the My Furry Valentine Family Event
my furry valentine

Love is in the air at the OHS. Come visit the shelter on Feb. 11 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for My Furry Valentine Family Event. We welcome animal lovers big and small to share some unconditional love with the animals at the OHS. There will be plenty of family activities you’ll adore, including:

  • Making valentine’s for the
    shelter animals

  • Cupcake decorating
  • Valentine’s Day photo booth
  • Sweet valentine treats
  • Crafts and activities

National Cupcake Day

cupcake day
This winter bake cupcakes, raise funds and help innocent animals! Monday, Feb. 27 is National Cupcake Day. The concept is simple: a host baker signs up to “bake” a difference by fundraising and collecting donations from friends, family, co-workers and customers. On Feb. 27 the baker hosts a National Cupcake Day party where they supply yummy cupcakes and collect donations from their supporters. Register today at: ottawahumane.ca/nationalcupcakeday

Events Calendar
Feb. 11 Feb. 12 Feb. 14 May 27 – May 28    Date Coming Soon
Furry Valentine Family Event
11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the OHS
Microchip Clinic 
9 a.m. - noon at the OHS
Warm Hearts Raffle
Grand Prize Draw Draw

Tamarack Race Weekend

 Garden Party

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